The walking dead walks for charity

By: Landry Coleman

  • Zombie walk for charity took place in downtown Lynchburg.
  • Hundreds of people participated in the zombie walk.
  • The walk benefited both the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the Lynchburg Dog Park.

If you had ever dreamed of being in a zombie apocalypse you had the chance to live your dream on Oct. 18 in downtown Lynchburg. A zombie walk was performed in Lynchburg to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the Lynchburg Dog Park. Hundreds of people came to Lynchburg on Saturday as zombies and as runners in hopes of helping the needy.

The walk was open to people of all ages, and all ages were represented proudly in this years zombie walk. Prizes were given this year for the best zombie costume, the winners walked away with a prize if they placed in the top five. In the children’s division, prizes were given to the children who were placed in the top three.

Connor Price, a student a Liberty University participated in the walk this year as a zombie. This isn’t the first time that Price has participated in the event and plans on putting on the makeup again next year.

“The zombie walk is great for two reasons, you see people make reactions that look like they are being chased by actual zombies,” Price said. “Also the people that participate are awesome, whether they are zombies or runners this thing just attracts cool people.”

There is also a zombie run that is held every year by United Way. This year the event will take place on Oct. 26, and will be used to benefit the Presbyterian Youth Home. The zombie run will be 3.1 miles and will be followed with a party filled with zombies.

For more information about all things having to do with zombies walking or running, or if you want to know about other ways to get involved with charity work, contact United Way.

*** Interview with Connor Price

*** Photo taken from Connor Price


Getting to know Hayley Bell

by Andi Anderson
  • Stronger faith due to father’s accident
  • Lived in hotel during father’s recovery
  • Stronger relationship with parents

After the accident

Hayley Bell has a special appreciation for her parents due to her father’s contracting accident nearly 10 years ago. Doctors said he would never walk again; however, Hayley Bell and her family are firm believers in miracles as a result of her father’s recovery.

After the accident, Hayley Bell and her siblings had to change schools, live with their aunt and uncle, and stay in a hotel while Hayley Bell’s father was going through rehabilitation.

“It was really hard to see how my siblings responded to the accident because they are both very withdrawn when it comes to showing their feelings,” Hayley Bell said via Facebook.

When her father had to go back to work, Hayley Bell and her mother were fearful that another accident would occur on the job site, especially because he was not as strong physically as he was before the accident.

Silver lining

Despite the challenges the Bell family faced, their faith remained strong. Hayley Bell used her father’s strength as an example to excel in athletics. Because her father persevered through rehabilitation, Hayley Bell felt as though she could push through challenges in the athletic world.

Hayley Bell also feels as though her faith has been strengthened greatly as a result of the accident. Because her father was not supposed to be able to walk again, Hayley Bell sees it as a miracle that her father is walking today.

Hayley Bell’s relationship with her parents was also strengthened as a result of the accident.

A weekend to remember

After winning the Outstanding Parent Essay Contest, Hayley Bell had the privilege of spending time with her parents over Family Weekend. The Bell family lives 12 hours from Liberty, so being able to see her family was a blessing for Hayley Bell. She loved being able to share her college experience with them and understands the importance of investing in a strong relationship with her parents.

Hayley Bell and her parents during Family Weekend.

Hayley Bell and her parents, James and Linda, during Family Weekend. Photo courtesy of Hayley Bell

*All quotes were taken from an interview with Hayley Bell via Facebook.

Deceivingly Uneven Rivalry

By Margaux Gill

  • Liberty and Arizona have become a strong rivalry in division 1 club hockey
  • Flames prove to be better team in 2014 season
  • Defenseman Ben Hughes describes how tough it is to play the Wildcats

On Oct. 3-4, Liberty men’s division 1 hockey split a series, 1-1, with the University of Arizona.  However, the results of the games do not reveal the fact that the Flames proved dominant in gameplay.  Over the span of the weekend, Liberty outscored Arizona 13-6, with an 8-0 win Friday and 6-5 loss Saturday.

Sophomore goalie Matt Pinel had an impressive first game to start the weekend, stopping all 32 of the Wildcats’ shots on goal.  Grant Garvin and Ryley Egan finished with two goals, while Luke Hannon, Luke Simon, Matt Sherry, and Kyle Garcia all had one.

Although the Flames won over half of the face-offs and only racked up a mere seven penalties, the final score of game two was not in their favor.  It was tied 5-5 at the end of regulation, which was followed by a scoreless overtime period.  The Wildcats pulled off the win in a shootout, 2-1.

“Arizona is a team that just comes at you for the full 60 minutes,” said defenseman Ben Hughes.  “That’s always hard to deal with as a team.  [The games] were high energy with a lot of emotion.  They always play us really well.”

Since then, Liberty has gone 3-4 against their opponents.  They finally got their revenge, as two of those wins were against Arizona, when the Flames traveled to Tucson Oct. 24-25.

Next on the schedule are back-to-back games at West Virginia University over Halloween weekend.

***Quote from Ben Hughes is from an original interview with the author.  The information regarding the hockey season after the Oct. 3-4 weekend are added information by the author with sources of the hockey players, as well as the Liberty hockey website.

How to make Beautiful Letters

  • Hand lettering can be easy with practice.
  • About Mrs Phillips and her accomplishments with hand lettering.
  • Encouragement for students that want to start hand lettering.

One of Liberty University’s own teachers, Mrs. Kelsey Phillips,  demonstrated a creative way to do hand lettering on, Thursday, Sept. 25, to improve others hand lettering skills.

The Liberty chapter of the American Institution of Graphic Arts hosted this event along with Phillips, who is the instructor of Studio and Digital Arts at Liberty University.

Phillips started off the hand lettering demonstration by showing some of her earlier work. Phillips said ” we all start somewhere” which is the best advice for someone in graphic design. Phillips had to start somewhere to.

Phillips’s starting place was her drawing of a series of numbers on a plane and another one of her beginning drawings was a simple “Happy Birthday” script. Phillips said “she wanted to experiment with the things that she could do with hand lettering.” That is what caught her attention with it.

Phillips knows that hand lettering opens you up to not only hand drawn art, but it also opens up the artist to different outlets, like graphic design, fine arts, and multiple other arts.

Phillips even encouraged her student to make a web page , or website when they start out because thats a good way to get a foot in the door. Phillips has now accomplished many things through this.

Phillips stressed the fact to me in my interview with her that it is all about how patient you are with yourself, and how much time you put into it. Because of her constant effort and practice Phillips has show cased some work at a conference in Philadelphia, was recently showing work in Las Vegas, and has designed a cover for a novel called “Between Us and the Moon.”

After Phillips talked about her earlier work she started to demonstrate some basics of hang lettering. Phillips said ” the workshop was the perfect place to go over some very basic techniques that anyone could start off with. Something that everyone could work at alone.”

Phillips talked more about the details of the letters, and certain issues that she find most troubling for beginners. Phillips left me with saying “Most of  the crowd was my students and that was great to see them interested in something I love to do myself.”

I interviewed Mrs. Phillips, that is where some of the direct quotes from her are from. I also typed another article about our interview and hyper linked it into this story.

Looking up field

By Eden Bayuk
  • Losing three games straight
  • Finishing out the season strong
  • Looking forward to the NorPac and NCAA Championships
    The Liberty Women's Field Hockey team took on the Georgetown Hoyas, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    The Liberty Women’s Field Hockey team took on the Georgetown Hoyas, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

After an eight game win streak the Liberty Flames Women’s Field Hockey team lost three straight games to top 10 NCAA ranked teams, but are still looking strong finishing out their regular season and entering the NorPac Championships.

The first of the three game loss streak came Oct. 12 to No.8 Duke University. The Flames rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the second half. The Blue Devils scored within the last minute of the game, earning the win.

Less than a week later the Flames took on the No. 6 University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Flames came out strong only to have the Cavaliers rally together in the last 10 minutes, sending the game into overtime. With a penalty stroke early in the overtime period Virginia came out with the win. Even with this tough  loss the Flames are looking up.

“I definitely think that our morale went down because we were so close to wins against Duke and UVA. Especially against UVA we got robbed, but I think it helped us learn our lesson and pushed us to be stronger for the NorPac Championship” senior forward Mercedes Cox said.

The third loss came when the Flames hosted No. 1 North Carolina, Oct. 19. While the last two losses were close games this was not the case against the Tar Heels. From the start Carolina controlled the game outshooting the Flames 11-5 and winning 0-4.

“We really didn’t get started until the second half,” junior forward Natalie Bar said. “We allowed them to dominate play in the first half and we were caught off guard. We let them dictate the play, and we didn’t actually play a hard game of hockey.”

The Lady Flames finish off their regular season taking on Pacific, Oct. 23, and Georgetown, Oct. 28. With a dominating performance the Flames beat Pacific 5-1. Tuesday, the Flames crushed Georgetown 7-0 closing out their regular season with a bang. With the NorPac Championships on the horizon the Flames are getting ready.

“This week we have been fine-tuning some things in preparation for next week” Cox said. “We definitely want to start strong and come out playing our best. We want to win the NorPac and make it past the first round of the NCAA tournament. Long term, making it to the Sweet Sixteen would be nice.”

The Lady Flames travel to Stockton, Cali., Nov. 6, for the NorPac Championships and then to the NCAA tournament the following week.

*****Interview with Mercedes Cox taken personally

*****Picture and video taken personally at the Georgetown game, Oct. 28

Looking up field

Lynchburg City Council denies plea for crosswalk

**Semi traveling at high speeds over an area that's usually teeming with pedestrians at the Liberty University Annex

**Semi traveling at high speeds over an area that’s usually teeming with pedestrians at the Liberty University Annex

The Lynchburg City council denied Liberty University’s plea to put a pedestrian crosswalk at the Liberty Annex near the corner of Odd Fellows Road and Albert Lankford Drive even in light of the recent accident involving Liberty University student Kung Jin Oh.

Kung Jin Oh, 22, was hit by a semi truck and left in critical condition for several days before recovering to stable condition after several surgeries. She was crossing the street to head to her dorm when she was hit.

Liberty University General Counsel David Corry is not confident that the city will consider to put a crosswalk or anything that would ensure safety for pedestrians at the Annex.

“Unfortunately, I do not have any reason for optimism yet. The city’s position is that it will put up caution signs but no crosswalk. That’s no better than the warnings about the potential deer crossing in an area,” Corry said.

There have been efforts to put a crosswalk at the Annex since late 2012, but none have been successful.

City Manager Kimball Payne suggests that there are more factors to safety at the Annex that by just putting down a crosswalk would not solve the real issues. But rather, create a false sense of security among pedestrians, being counterproductive.

Some students have complained about having to cross the street if they miss the bus in order to make the bus in time for class, and feeling unsafe doing so.

**Jay Bright, a Liberty University student that resides at the Annex, said, “I think the lighting of the road in that area is the issue. There doesn’t need to be a crosswalk necessarily. It’s also the students responsibility to make the bus in time if they feel uncomfortable crossing the street because they woke up late.”

Liberty has offered an Annex 1 to Annex 2 shuttle every five minutes to encourage students to use the bus instead of crossing the street but their use is not as high as they would have hoped.

Corry said that Oh is recovering well from the incident and Liberty University is not pursuing any legal action against the city of Lynchburg for not granting earlier pleas for the crosswalk.

by Matthew G. Ozburn

**Denotes extra work.

Resident Assistants Crush Stereotypes

Denton Day
  • The Resident Assistant position is a position of leadership not a power struggle
  • Becoming an RA requires application process as well as interviews
  • The RA responsibilities take a toll on the RAs


Ever since Liberty University was founded back in 1971 Resident Assistants (RA) have had a power and a responsibility over students. Responsibilities held by RA’s can often anger students and make students think that the RA’s are evil, or out to get them, but that is not the case.

RA’s are the students, usually upper classmen or graduate level, who take a leadership role and have to implement some of the rules to the students. There are two RA’s per hall and they are also responsible for holding hall meetings every Tuesdays as well as performing room checks while students attend mandatory convocation Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Chris Martin is a first year RA and claims that he has already seen changes and has seen a few relationships deteriorate.

“Losing relationships with friends is pretty common especially those who live off-campus,” Martin said. “They don’t follow the Liberty Way as much and they treat me different because I’m an RA.”

Often times students will only look of RAs as villains and evil people because they focus on the negatives. One of the RAs biggest responsibility is too minister to students.

Martin claimed that ministering to students and leading leadership prayer groups is one of the most rewarding parts of being a RA and helping Liberty achieve its mission and training champions for Christ.

Joel Cockrell, in his second year as an RA is Martin’s partner and agreed that the fellowship is one of the main reasons that they each do it, but realizes it comes with a price.

“Sometimes in can be inconvenient,” Cockrell said. “I’m here to help but sometimes when guys come in to talk I have homework that I need to do and work that is due at midnight.”

One of the main reasons that students think that RAs are evil is the strictness of some RAs. Whether that is during room checks, curfew, dress code or any other reason that college students can find to complain about.

“I completely understand why students feel that way, Chris and I have a good balance between grace and following the rules. Some RAs don’t do anything and some are super strict with room checks and stuff like that,” Cockrell said. “If a guy doesn’t make his bed one day sometimes I’ll make it for him, it really isn’t that big of a deal.”

Both Martin and Cockrell agree that experience is key to being an RA at one point in their time here at Liberty both men served as either a Student Life Coach (SLC) or a prayer leader. So they each know what it is like to be in the position of students.


*Quotes from both Chris Martin and Joel Cockrell were taken from personal interviews that I did with them. And the video with Joel Cockrell was one that I filmed.*